How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Dear IReeN

We’re writing to remind you about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 31 J‌ul‌y and what to do if you have claimed too much.

What you need to do before 31 J‌ul‌y

  • Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 J‌ul‌y 2020. This is the last date you can make those claims. You need to have made a claim at any point on or before 31 J‌ul‌y to be able to make a claim for future months.
  • Amend your previous claims to add any additional employees you may have missed off in error. After 31 July you will not be able to add any new employees for periods ending on or before 30 June.

What you need to do from 1 Au‌gu‌st

  • From 1 Au‌gu‌st 2020 the scheme will no longer fund employers’ National Insurance (NI) and pensions contributions. You will have to make these payments from your own resources for all employees, whether furloughed or not.

Live webinars offering more support on changes to the scheme and how they impact you are available to book online – go to GOV‌.UK and search ‘help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus’. 

Please check GOV‌.UK and join one of our webinars if you need further help. This will leave our phone lines open for those who need them most. 

Make sure your data is right

It’s important that you provide the data we need to process your claim. Payment of your grant may be at risk or delayed if you submit a claim that is incomplete or incorrect.

Claimed too much in error?

If you have claimed too much for a CJRS grant and have not repaid it, you must notify us and repay the money by the latest of whichever date applies below:

  • 90 days of receiving the CJRS money you’re not entitled to
  • 90 days of when circumstances changed so that you were no longer entitled to keep the CJRS grant
  • 20 Oc‌to‌be‌r 2020 if you received CJRS money you’re not entitled to, or if your circumstances changed, on or before 20 J‌ul‌y.

If you do not do this, you may have to pay a penalty.

How to let us know about claiming too much

You can let us know as part of your next online claim without needing to call us – the system will prompt you to add details on if you have received too much.

If you received too much and do not plan to submit further claims – or you have claimed less than you were entitled to – please contact us by searching ‘Contact HMRC’ on GOV‌.UK.

We are supporting our customers while tackling serious fraud and criminal attacks. We understand mistakes happen, particularly in these challenging times, and will not seek out innocent errors and small mistakes for compliance action. For more information, search for ‘if you claim too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV‌.UK.

Claiming for 100 or more employees?

Please use our standard template to submit your employees’ details. It is important that you submit the correct data (including National Insurance numbers) in the correct format.

You can find the template on GOV‌.UK by searching ‘Job Retention Scheme template download’.

Looking for help to work out your claim?

Please use our online calculator to help you calculate your next claim.

You can find this and guidance on how to use it by searching ‘calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV‌.UK.

Protect yourself from scams  

Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Search ‘scams’ on GOV‌.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to and texts to 60599.  

I hope this information helps you and your business, and we’ll continue to keep you updated on scheme developments over the coming weeks.  

Yours sincerely


Jim Harra

Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary – HMRC

Courtesy of PAYadvice.UK for IReeN 29/7/2020

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